- Write one or two short stories or begin work on a novel
- Lectures on fundamental concepts
- Writing exercises
- Present work for critique
- Weekly readings and discussions based on stories published in Zoetrope: All-Story
- A weeklong question/answer session with Zoetrope: All-Story editor, Michael Ray
In an easy-to-understand, accessible manner, the course presents the fundamentals of plot, structure, voice, description, character development, point of view, and dialogue. Lectures, writing exercises, and analyses are used to illustrate these concepts. Under the direction of a Zoetrope-affiliated editor/teacher, students work to write two short stories or begin a novel.
All of the short stories from the class are reviewed by Zoetrope editors for possible publication in the magazine.
Zoetrope Fiction Writing I is for novice writers seeking a comprehensive introduction to the craft or experienced writers seeking a thorough review of fiction writing fundamentals.